January 12, 2018
There is one pick tonight.
New Orleans Pelicans -1 spread against Minnesota Timberwolves for 3% of the bankroll.
The New Orleans Pelicans are finally starting to look like the team that many expected when the regular season began as they go for their season-high, fourth straight win tonight. During their winning streak, they have been absolutely dominating their opponents, winning by an average margin over 22 points. The talent level of this team was never in question and neither was the explosiveness of their offense. Their big downfall had been their play on defense, which has stepped up considerably the last couple of games. Tonight, however, is an ideal matchup with the Timberwolves, who are not a team known for their defense as well.
Minnesota will have the advantage tonight of playing at home, however, it will be in a less-than-ideal situation. They are coming in on the second half of a back-to-back in which they fell by 4 to the Dallas Mavericks last night. The Timberwolves are another high-scoring team with not much regard to the defensive side of the ball, and that could prove problematic tonight against Davis and company. Karl Anthony Towns was also banged up last night, and while he is likely to see the court, he certainly won't be at 100%. Towns has never been known for his defensive prowess, but not being 100% could prove disastrous tonight as he tries to contain Anthony Davis. This is simply a bad situation for the Wolves, and we believe the value tonight lies with the hotter, more explosive team.
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